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February 11, 2016

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced a record-setting number of implementations of the Sierra Release 2.1 following its general release in December 2015. Over 150 library systems are now live, including academic, public, national, corporate, and special libraries and consortia worldwide. This represents more than 2,000 library locations of all sizes, across more than sixteen countries.

January 29, 2016

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Mr. James Tallman will join the executive ranks of Innovative Interfaces as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Tallman will be focused on the company’s commitment to library success and increasing velocity in product leadership and operational excellence.

January 6, 2016

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) SkyRiver, Innovative's cataloging utility product, is growing faster than ever and now tops 60 million full, unique records. The SkyRiver database grew by nine million records in 2015, which includes 3.5 million new records from the British Library. This rich metadata, known as the British National Bibliography, reflects the publishing activity of the UK and Ireland and includes print and electronic publications.

December 17, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced today several promotions among its executive team in the company’s Emeryville, CA and Dublin, Ireland offices. The group represents over 75 years of cumulative experience in libraries and the library technology industry.

December 15, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that the LXNX! Consortium has selected the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap. Spanning eleven libraries in Idaho, the consortium holds 1.5 million items and circulates 6.3 million items each year. The consortium is migrating from a Horizon® system supplied by SirsiDynix.

December 14, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative is pleased to announce that three of its products have been recognized by the LibraryWorks’ Modern Library Awards (MLAs). Receiving Platinum awards are Innovative’s Mobile Worklists, a mobile iOS app for collection management functions, and the Vital digital asset management tool. Polaris ILS Leap, a browser-based tool that offers key public services workflows in the stacks or outside the library, received a Gold award. Based on a survey of 80,000 librarians by LibaryWorks, the MLAs acknowledge the best the library industry has to offer. The criteria for the awards included functionality, value, customer service, and more.

November 12, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced the successful implementation of the Sierra Item Status API at Robbins Library in Arlington, Massachusetts. The integration between Sierra and RFID technology from D-Tech International USA allows patrons to check in, check out, and renew RFID-tagged items with Innovative’s Express Lane self-check. Robbins Library patrons can also process items from other members of the Minuteman Library Network in the same transaction as local books and media.

September 23, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that North Liberty Community Library in Iowa has selected the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap - a browser-based tool that offers key public services workflows in the stacks or outside the library. NLCL has over 50,000 items in its collection

September 11, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced its investment in four strategic goals: Library Success, Employee Success, Product Leadership, and Library Partnership. The company provides industry-leading solutions to more than 2,400 library systems with more than 9,500 libraries, spanning the globe in 66 countries. Innovative’s 425 employees provide a depth of talent unmatched elsewhere, with more than 120 librarians on staff who understand the demands placed on libraries every day. The company is also a leader in installed systems among members of the Association for Research Libraries and the Urban Library Council.

September 1, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Napa City-County Library in northern California has selected the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap--the responsive-design Web client that performs key library workflows on tablets and laptops. NCCL has a collection size of 150,000 and an annual circulation of over 1 million items. NCCL is also joining the ranks of the LINK+ resource-sharing consortium, which is powered by Innovative’s INN-Reach consortial borrowing system. As a member, NCCL will have access to materials from over 60 academic and public libraries that hold over 11 million items. NCCL is replacing a Carl.X system by TLC.

August 28, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced today that Burlington County Library System (BCLS) in New Jersey has selected the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap, a browser-based tool that offers key public services workflows in the stacks or outside the library. BCLS holds over 750,000 volumes and conducts over 2 million circulation transactions each year. The Library is migrating from a Horizon® system provided by SirsiDynix.

August 20, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Hilary Newman, Innovative’s VP of Global Partnerships and Customer Engagement, has won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Information. This annual award is presented to graduates for outstanding accomplishment in the field of library and information studies and contributions to the College of Information. A graduate of the College of Information with a Masters in Library Science, Ms. Newman has applied this knowledge at Innovative since 1995.

August 13, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that the second set of REST APIs for the Sierra Library Services Platform is now in general release. As with the initial API release, Sierra API Release 2.0 provides access to Sierra data and metadata, allowing libraries and commercial partners to create seamless integrations and applications that benefit library patrons and staff. The new release provides transactional APIs for managing holds and patron accounts. In addition, Release 2.0 expands data access to include branch information and authority records. Interactive and reference documentation for this release is available on the recently-launched Innovative developer sandbox at http://sandbox.iii.com/docs.

August 8, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) SkyRiver, Innovative's cataloging utility product, now makes available over 3.5 million records from the British Library. This rich metadata, known as the British National Bibliography, reflects the publishing activity of the UK and Ireland and includes print and electronic publications. With this new content, the SkyRiver database now exceeds 60 million full, unique records.

August 6, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Alexander Mitchell Public Library in South Dakota has selected the Polaris ILS and Leap, a browser-based tool that offers key public services workflows in the stacks or outside the library. AMPL library holds nearly 100,000 items and has 230,000 circulation transactions each year. The Polaris ILS will replace an Aleph system provided by Ex Libris.

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